DD has decided to use Indian CAS from ByDesign to encrypt all its channels after migrating to MPEG4 compression system that will allow the pubcaster to increase its channels from 64 to 112 on its Free Dish FTA DTH service. According to sources, migration for MPEG2 to MPEG4 will take place in two phase starting from January.
A meeting has been held between officials from Free Dish, Doordarshan and Bangaluru based ByDesign to assess the requirement of CAS-enabled set top boxes (STBs) that will be needed to cover all regions of the country.
Late last year, the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) approved a proposal by ByDesign India to develop an Indian conditional access system. ByDesign was to receive a support amount of Rs 19.79 crore from DeitY to develop the new system in association with Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC).
The ByDesign CAS named ‘iCAS’ can be used for cable as wll as DTH operators. This will allow MSOs and DTH operators to control access to their subscribers.
Although Free Dish is an FTA platform this will enable Free Dish to know exactly how many subscribers are connected with it. CAS enabled STB will be slightly costlier than an odinary FTA STB consumers are using now.
Prasar Bharati CEO Jawhar Sircar had said early last year that FreeDish’s aim was to reach 112 channels within a year or so. This cab be easily achieved after shifting to MPEG-4 compression.